New Year, New Challenge for Mom and Son Attending Florida Technical College – Miami’s Community Newspapsers
Mom overcomes addiction and life’s hurdles, attending school with her son.
Like any other mother and son who share a close bond, Robin Stafford-Smith and Chris Stafford love to spend time together. For these two Cutler Bay Florida Technical College students, this includes accompanying each other on the journey to earn a college degree.
They both earned diplomas in Medical Coding and Billing Specialist at FTC and strive for more. Robin is working on an Associate Degree in the Medical Assistant Program, while Chris is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health Management. For them, college was a lifelong dream that seemed unattainable at times. At 18 Robin, who is now 63, married a man who was physically and emotionally abusive, often endangering her life. Broken and desperate, she sought refuge in drugs, which caused her life to spiral out of control. With the help of her mother, she worked hard to overcome her addiction, finding strength in the unconditional love for her three children, who are now grown. Robin has been clean for 20 years.